Save the Date for the Gift of Health Gala
The 2015 Gift of Health Gala is set for Saturday, Oct. 10 at The Westin Seattle. For early reservations and sponsorship opportunities, call 206-448-7330. Please check this page later for more information about the event.
2014 Gala Highlights
More than 650 guests attended last year's gala which raised $712,000 to support the Childhood Immunization Initiative. Former governor Christine Gregoire was presented with the 2014 Innovators in Health Award. Past recipients include Group Health Founder, Aubrey Davis, and Paul Offit, MD, last year's winner. In her address, Gregoire thanked Group Health for helping to lead health care policy in Washington state and encouraged guests to give generously to help improve HPV vaccination rates.
Yolanda Richardson, MD, a Group Health OB/GYN, made a moving appeal to create a world free of HPV-related cancers. Virtually all sexually active adults will contract HPV at some point in their lives; most will clear the virus with no consequences. But 27,000 men and women will develop HPV-related cancers, and about 6,000 will die as a result. Richardson urged attendees to "start a movement" to end HPV-related cancers.